> I have fantasized about running some kind of recyclables warehouse for
> art teachers. I know they exist throughout the country. I am a
> compulsive saver and unfortunately am making myself and my family a bit
> nuts with this.
> My favorites:
> 1. Computer vinyl--from sign shops--This is similar to the most
> gorgeous contact paper. Kids cut out shapes, peel off the backing paper
> and stick down to a variety of surfaces--slick, like a plastic plate,
> works best. I found out about this from Dave Robinson at the Vero Beach
> Florida Center for the Arts at a kitemaking workshop. We have used this
> material in a variety of ways for family days at the Wichita Art Museum.
> 2. About an hour's drive north of Vero Beach (help me out here South
> Florida teachers--I don't remember exactly where) was a factory which
> made football helmets. The punch-outs of the foam rubber lining make
> incredible stamps. Almost every community has amazing punch-outs from
> industry which can be used to great advantage if you can find people to
> alert you to them and save them for you. Of course, safety is a factor
> here. Be sure the materials are non-toxic and too big to swallow.
> 3. My local grocery store (Dillons) photo lab saves for me cardboard
> cylinders that the photographic paper comes on--also the black plastic
> "wheels" inside these cylinders, and film containers.
> 4. Framing shops will save you the matboard cut from the inside of
> mats--millions of uses for that.
> 5. I saw some incredible figures at our recent art show created from
> old bowling pins which had been painted with acrylic paint.
> Can't wait to hear about your finds.--Marcia